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Round 1

For the second time in four months, Bellator has packed the 3Arena
in Dublin with fans for a full fight card bringing plenty of local
talent and matchups that will likely get the crowd going early.
Most of the fights on the lineup pit an Irish fighter against a
foreign counterpart, and it starts that way right out of the gate.
This first match of the evening comes at an unplanned 147-pound
catchweight, as Hay (2-0, 0-0 BMMA) will get pelted with boos not
just because he missed weight, but because he is not from ‘round
here. “The Haymaker” will face SBG Ireland prospect Hammond (1-0,
0-0 BMMA) in what is the first Bellator fight for each man. Referee
Bryan Miner is on duty for the first three bouts of the day, and
then he gets to kick back and score fights. The gloves are touched,
and away we go! Hammond leads off with a right hand early, catching
Hay off-guard. Hammond comes out attacking with a few more punches,
and he sneaks in a low kick that draws a reaction out of his
opponent. One more battering low kick makes Hay practically do a
pirouette, and he gathers himself and attacks for a single-leg
takedown. While he holds his foe’s leg in the air, Hay pushes
Hammond up to the wall. Hammond sets his leg down and blasts Hay in the
face with a knee, and the power of the knee knocks Hay off of his
feet. On his way down, Hay eats a clean knee on the chin, a
borderline strike as he was going down to his knees, but Miner does
not call it and the Irish fighter begins a standing-to-ground
bombardment of punches. Seeing his openings, Hammond drills “The
Haymaker” with a lengthy series of unanswered punches, busting Hay
up until Miner has seen enough. That’s a good start to the
night, both in terms of action and for Irish faithful.

The Official Result

Lee Hammond def. Jamie Hay R1 3:32 via TKO (Punches)

Round 1

Moving right along, the next fight takes place also at 145 pounds,
but this time, both fighters made weight. Pederson (1-2, 0-0 BMMA)
of Wales will try to get one up on Ireland tonight, as he faces
Dublin’s own Kelly (3-2, 0-0 BMMA). The crowd has a favorite in
this one, and it’s not too difficult to guess who they want to win.
Referee Bryan Miner is ready and rearing to go for this
featherweight fight, and the fighters touch gloves to seal the cage
around them. Conor McGregor is watching in the arena with interest
for his teammate. Kelly is charged up by “Notorious” being
cageside, immediately forcing the action by punching his way
forward and pressing the Welshman into the wall. As they jockey for
position against the fencing, Kelly spins his man around and throws
him to the mat, where he lands in half guard. The Irishman lines up
several elbows that land flush on the jaw, and Pederson can do
little but eat them as he is stuck in this position. Pederson
throws his legs up in an effort to scramble, and he successfully
gains some space to stand back up. Peterson clings to Kelly,
pressing him to the wall but doing little else, and he allows Kelly
to trip him back down to the canvas. In side control, Kelly begins
to rip a few more elbows before deciding to try to slice over to
mount. This attempt fails, and he gets dragged back to half guard,
but he does not mind as he drops down short elbows right on the
chin again and again. When he is not striking, the SBG Ireland
product utilizes heavy shoulder pressure on his foe’s face, making
Pederson’s life miserable. Kelly gets off a few more elbows as his
opponent sits up, and the bell rings.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kelly
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Kelly
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Kelly

Round 2

The fighters oblige one another with a glove touch, and Pederson
wings a right hand over the top but does not get through. Kelly
slips a punch and tags Pederson with a crisp right, one that
staggers the Welshman. Kelly cracks him with a one-two, sending
Pederson careening towards the fence. Instead of trying to finish
the job on the feet, the Irishman elects to trip him down to the
ground and claim half guard. Pederson holds on tight, hoping to
clear his head, and he sits up to avoid most of the
ground-and-pound. When Pederson gets to his knees, he pushes
forward in pursuit of a double-leg takedown, and Kelly snatches up
a guillotine choke to threaten. Pederson calmly slides his neck out
of danger, and the two stand up with Pederson pushing Kelly into
the wire. When they separate, Pederson sneaks an elbow up top, and
Kelly does not even flinch. The Irishman tries to counter with a
left hook, but Pederson meets him first with a few punches and a
front kick. Feeling a little momentum behind him, it is Pederson
who attempts a takedown, and he lands it to ground the man from
Ireland. Kelly tries to latch on to a guillotine again, but
Pederson shrugs it off and then is forced to deal with several
hacking elbows while he is on top. Kelly uses the strikes to
fluster Pederson just enough to push off and get back to his feet,
and he turns the tables and drags Pederson down to the mat up
against corner between the wall and the floor. The remainder of the
fight grinds out in this position.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kelly
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Kelly
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Kelly

Round 3

The final round opens with a touch of gloves, and the Welsh fighter
marches forward and clubs Kelly in the face with a left hook. Kelly
takes it on the chin and crashes forward in search of a takedown.
Pederson fights off the outside trip, and he keeps his balance as
Kelly attempts to toss him down a few more times. Kelly turns his
hips into one takedown throw, but Pederson is wise to it and only
drops to a knee before springing back up. The fight stalls out in
this position, and Miner asks them to work. Kelly answers the call
by yanking his foe down to the mat, where Pederson sits with his
back against the chain links. Kelly holds on in half guard, landing
a few short punches but nothing particularly effective. When Kelly
grinds with an elbow, Pederson powers his way to his knees and
dives forward to try to land a double. Kelly stuffs this and ties
Pederson’s legs up against the cage, dragging them down to their
knees. The Irishman gets off short punches, and Pederson answers
back with his own light strikes while Kelly holds on to him.
Pederson stands back up but Kelly is on him like a cheap suit, not
giving the Welshman any space. The crowd begins to grow restless,
even as their local fighter is winning in a grueling manner, but
Kelly does not change his style up. Instead, Kelly plays it safe
and embraces the grind. With seconds to spare, Pederson turns his
man around and slugs him in the face a few times, but the horn
stops them before anything can come of it.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Pederson (29-28 Kelly)
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Pederson (29-28 Kelly)
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Pederson (29-28 Kelly)

The Official Result

Nathan Kelly def. Scott Pederson via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
29-28, 29-28)

Round 1

Up next, heavyweights take the stage in what could end quite
quickly and dramatically. Saricam (6-1, 2-1 BMMA) and his 100%
finish rate will go up against Fedor Emelianenko teammate
Sidelnikov (13-6, 2-1 BMMA) in a big man rumble. Bryan Miner will
try to keep control as over 500 pounds of man smashes together
momentarily, but they do touch gloves in a sporting manner before
trying to lop the other’s head off. Saricam keeps his distance
early, effectively picking away at the man from FedorTeam with leg
kicks and long punches. Sidelnikov is not concerned by any of these
strikes, but he is unable to land with much volume of his own as
Saricam is light on his feet. Saricam stays far away, but he lets a
body kick linger in the air a little too long, and Sidelnikov
catches it. From there, the Russian drags Saricam down to the mat,
but he does not keep him there for long. The fighter from Turkey
explodes back to his feet, not wanting to stay in the bad position
for more than a few seconds. In a surprise, when they both stand
up, Saricam dives forward for his own takedown. Sidelnikov sees it
coming and counters him with a clean right hand, but Saricam shakes
it off and gets up off of his knees. Sidelnikov pushes forward and
jams Saricam into the wall, and Saricam lifts up a knee with his
back to the fence that collides with the cup. Sidelnikov only needs
a few seconds to shake it off, but Saricam opens up on him when
they start up again. A few sharp punch combinations get
Sidelnikov’s attention, and a couple leg kicks make Sidelnikov
change his mind about standing up. From a distance, the Russian
crashes forward to pursue a takedown, and he lands it to put
Saricam flat on his back. Sidelnikov sits comfortably in Saricam’s
guard, landing shots from above and grinding the round out on top.
The bell sounds to end a close, interesting round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Saricam
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Saricam
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Saricam

Round 2

The second round begins with a flurry from both men, as Saricam
gets back to his safe distance but cannot keep Sidelnikov off of
him. Saricam lands, Sidelnikov gives chase, and Saricam ends with a
few jabs. Sidelnikov absorbs a leg kick and jumps forward to grab
hold of a double. Saricam stuffs this, and nearly takes
Sidelnikov’s back in a scramble. The Russian does not let this
occur, as he powers back to his feet but is sucking wind less than
90 seconds into the second round. Sidelnikov lumbers forward when
they both get back up, pressing Saricam into the wall and using his
full body weight to keep him there while catching his breath.
Saricam turns him around and drives a knee that appears to land on
the cup, and Sidelnikov scowls but does not get a break. They fight
for position, and when Saricam turns around, he drills Sidelnikov
in the groin again with a knee. Sidelnikov is in a bad way, bending
over while in pain, but he quickly regains a stiff upper lip and
decides to continue after less than 30 seconds. When resuming,
Saricam peppers his foe with a few jabs, following one with a crisp
right hand down the pipe. Sidelnikov looks to cut his man off, but
Saricam is on his bike jabbing away. Sidelnikov plods forward,
absorbs a stomping kick to the knee and takes a couple punches
right on the chin. The bell sounds, and Saricam enters unknown
territory as he had never reached Round 3 in his career.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Saricam
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Saricam
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Saricam

Round 3

The heavyweights touch hands to open the final round, and Saricam
is the far fresher fighter. The Turkish man loads up on several
punches, stringing a quick combination together and mixing in jabs
to keep Sidelnikov guessing. Sidelnikov rarely takes a step back,
but he takes several punches clean on the chin that snap his head
back. Sidelnikov gets in to a clinch, and Saricam is ready for him
with a knee and a short left uppercut. Saricam aims a right hand
that splits the guard, and Sidelnikov is struggling to close in but
keeps getting tagged. Saricam flicks out a few more jabs, and he
sees a double coming from a mile away. Saricam turns the tables,
pushing Sidelnikov to his knees and landing a few knees of his own
to the side. Sidelnikov explodes to stand up, and he turns Saricam
around to mash him into the wire. Saricam remains busy even up
against the wall, ripping knees up the middle until Sidelnikov has
to break away. Saricam surprises Sidelnikov with a jab and a front
kick, and Sidelnikov has displayed an excellent chin in this round
but little more. The offense is far in the favor of Saricam, and he
is having a little fun as he keeps his hands by his waist dancing
around while not being countered. Saricam picks away at his
ever-advancing opponent, chopping at the lead leg and pushing out
several jabs. A few high kicks get blocked, but a trio of hooks
knocks Sidelnikov’s head around. Saricam spins but bails on a
strike, and he spins around again this time in search of a spinning
back kick. Although the kick glances off the side, this gives the
Russian the opportunity he had been searching for. Sidelnikov grabs
on to Saricam, jamming him up to the wall while hunting for a
takedown. There is no takedown to be found, and they briefly trip
to their knees with a couple seconds to spare. The fight concludes
with Saricam leaping forward with a front kick, but Sidelnikov is
well out of the way. Barring some unusual scorecards, Saricam has
very likely won the first decision of his career.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Saricam (30-27 Saricam)
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Saricam (30-27 Saricam)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Saricam (30-27 Saricam)

The Official Result

Gokhan Saricam def. Kirill Sidelnikov via Unanimous Decision
(30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Round 1

In the lightweight division, FedorTeam will try to get on the board
tonight as Tokov (6-1, 2-1 BMMA) takes on SBG Ireland’s Scatizzi
(11-5, 2-1 BMMA) from Italy. Drawing the assignment for this one is
referee Marc Goddard, who observes a soft glove touch between the
fighters ahead of their scheduled melee. Scatizzi takes the center
of the cage, but it is Tokov who engages first. The Russian charges
with a punch combination, leading with his head, and Goddard is
quick to notice this and warn them of this. Tokov attacks with a
quick blitz, Scatizzi returns fire, and Tokov snatches hold of his
legs and throws him down to the mat. Off his back, “Scat” slings a
few elbows that irritate Tokov, until Tokov lowers himself down to
deliver his own ground-and-pound. The grappling exchange ends when
Scatizzi explodes in a scramble, and Tokov whips him back down with
a trip. The Italian fighter crawls over to the wall while Tokov
holds on to his side, and he is able to stand up and break Tokov’s
single-leg takedown grip to get free. Scatizzi dips, gets off an
uppercut and a right hand, and Tokov is not amused. Tokov fires
right back, leading to a brief brawl, and both men land cleanly.
Scatizzi sits down on a left hook, and Tokov eats it, ducks back
from the rest of the shots that follow, and drops down to grab a
single. Tokov cannot ground him on the first attempt, but the trip
that follows from the Russian gets Scatizzi down for but a second.
“Scat” springs back up, and he begins to pound on the side of
Tokov’s head until Tokov goes for another takedown. The scrambles
are wild and furious, and Tokov gains decent position for a moment
before Scatizzi turns him around and pushes him to his knees. The
Russian pops back up, and he strings together a short combo of
punches right before ducking from a counter. Tokov drills Scatizzi
with an uppercut, and the Italian returns fire to decent effect,
forcing Tokov to go after a takedown. Scatizzi breaks free, fires
off a few high kicks, and the exciting round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Scatizzi
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Scatizzi
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Scatizzi

Round 2

Round 2 clocks in with a glove touch, and Tokov leads the dance
with a few punches and a high kick. Scatizzi is barely able to
block the kick in time, and he advances in a fury but cannot break
through most of Tokov’s defense. Tokov leaps forward with a jab and
an uppercut that splits the guard, and “Scat” stands in the pocket
and wings a right hook back that dings Tokov. “Vova” slips a full
combination that flies at him, and he pushes a right hand through
the raised guard. Scatizzi rips a low kick on the inside, and they
fire off one-twos one after the other. Both men reset after a tough
exchange, and they let their fists fly. Scatizzi ducks a punch to
unleash a head kick in close range, and the kick collides with the
guard. Tokov does not let him off the hook, landing a few punches
and darting out of range. Scatizzi gives chase, winging a high kick
and getting countered with an uppercut. When “Scat” reaches out
with a front kick, Tokov gets off a clean uppercut. The Russian
times this strike again, opening a cut up on Scatizzi’s face as he
appears to have found his range with the strike. Scatizzi throws
wildly, possibly hurt, and Tokov is far more composed and able to
dodge the brunt of the damage. Tokov’s uppercut keeps landing
flush, breaking up Scatizzi combinations and leaping attacks as his
chin stays up in the air. Tokov swats away a few punches that soar
past his face, and he steps in with a straight left hand and just
misses with a sweeping right hook. They jab at one another, and
Tokov hops back to dodge the windmilling punch careening towards
him. Tokov cracks Scatizzi with a left hook, and Scatizzi is
starting to wear it as Tokov is marking him up. Scatizzi whips a
high kick but comes up short of the mark, as does a two-punch
salvo. Tokov gets off a few more punches before the bell
sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Tokov
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Tokov
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Tokov

Round 3

Scatizzi, out of SBG Ireland, tries to rally the crowd to energize
him going into the last round. Tokov marches forward, a man on a
mission, and he delivers a thunderous uppercut that lifts Scatizzi
off of his feet. Scatizzi tries to scramble even as he may not have
his wits about him, and Tokov looks to finish the job with punches
but cannot do so. Tokov grounds his foe after a prolonged exchange,
and Scatizzi defends off his back with a modified guillotine choke.
“Vova” shakes it off and steps back, allowing Scatizzi to get
upright so that he can strike at range again. Tokov chambers his
right hand in preparation of an uppercut, and he suddenly finds
himself having to fight off a takedown attempt. Tokov stuffs it and
lands a few punches, only to step back when Scatizzi bites down on
his mouthpiece and wings looping shots. The strikes from the
Italian are wider and more telegraphed, and they are slowing as
well. Tokov is able to dance in, sting Scatizzi with a few punches,
and dart out of the way in time. Scatizzi tries to give chase, and
he gets in a solid right hook, but he eats an uppercut like a plate
of spaghetti. Hurt and leaning against the fence, Scatizzi waves
Tokov on, but the Russian does not bite. Instead, Tokov lets
Scatizzi come to him, blocking a few high kicks and catching a body
kick. Tokov trips Scatizzi down to the mat, and he backs off to
make Scatizzi stand back up, sending a message. A few punches from
“Scat” come up short, and a front kick pushes Tokov back but does
little else. Tokov overrelies on his uppercut, primarily targeting
it and scoring it fairly effectively. Scatizzi steels himself and
marches forward with less than 30 seconds on the clock, hoping to
draw out a final brawl and catch Tokov on the chin. The Russian is
smart, instead taking Scatizzi down to the ground, and the fight
ends in a scramble.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Tokov (29-28 Tokov)
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Tokov (29-28 Tokov)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Tokov (29-28 Tokov)

The Official Result

Vladimir Tokov def. Daniele Scatizzi via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
29-28, 29-28)

Round 1

It’s Britain vs. Ireland in this next affair, coming at lightweight
between Morgan (3-0, 0-0 BMMA) and SBG Ireland newcomer Kelly (0-0,
0-0 BMMA). While Morgan does sport a shiny 3-0 record, one win came
by disqualification and the combined record of his three opponents
was 1-8, so Kelly will be his first professional opponent without a
record below .500. The two draw officiating from the impressively
mustached Kevin MacDonald, and they respect his handlebar but not
one another, as they do not touch gloves. Kelly strikes first,
landing a leg kick and swinging a high kick. Kelly nails Morgan
with another low kick, making Morgan twirl around. When Morgan
comes about, Kelly springs into action and grabs hold of a
takedown, which he uses to shove Morgan down to the ground. Kelly
postures up and slams his foe in the face with a few elbows and
punches, and he claims half guard with ease. The crowd begins to chant in favor of its home
country fighter, who is in a decent position and sits up to grab
hold of a guillotine choke. Morgan turns to his side, in hopes that
he can fight out of it, but he turns into the choke and Kelly
crushes the grip as tight as he can. With no way out, Morgan
quickly surrenders, as he may have gone out seconds later. The
fans explode in jubilation for their SBG Ireland fighter succeeding
in his professional debut, putting on a statement and tapping a
previously unbeaten opponent in less than two minutes.

The Official Result

Darragh Kelly def. Junior Morgan R1 1:47 via Submission (Guillotine
Choke)

Round 1

The first of two women’s matches of the evening comes in the
strawweight division, one in which Bellator does not actively
maintain. McCormack (5-0, 4-0 BMMA), formerly known as Neilan, has
competed in four of the last seven fights scheduled in this weight
class, and she will take on former flyweight Page (5-3, 0-1 BMMA).
The ladies do not touch gloves as referee Marc Goddard watches on,
and instead McCormack comes out ready to trade. Page counters her
cleanly, shaking up the Irishwoman early. Page winds up with a
right hand, and she blasts McCormack right on the button and knocks
her down to the ground. The French fighter tries with all her might
to finish her damaged opponent, but McCormack is tough and able to
fight her way back up to her feet. Page knows that McCormack is
still hurt, and she tees off on a wobbly McCormack before punching
her way into a clinch. Page pushes out of the clinch so that she
can let her hands go, and her ex-flyweight power is making a major
difference. Page cracks McCormack with another big right hand,
sending McCormack careening towards the danger zone. Page charges, assaulting McCormack with everything
she has, hurting McCormack again and again as she bullies McCormack
back towards the fence. McCormack falls to the wall, and Page
continues to batter her relentlessly as Goddard implores her to
fight back. McCormack keeps taking shots so she clinches up, and
Goddard jumps in to stop the fight by standing TKO in what appears
to be a premature stoppage, no matter what the commentary team
states. McCormack asks Goddard what he was doing, but she is
visibly shaken up. Page is equally surprised at the referee
intervention, but she puts an end to McCormack’s unbeaten record
and Ireland’s win streak tonight in dramatic fashion.

The Official Result

Stephanie Page def. Danni McCormack R1 1:46 via TKO (Punches)

Round 1

The prelims continue with a lightweight bout between established
veterans when Leary (17-11-1, 3-2 BMMA) comes to blows with Gallon
(19-7-2, 1-0 BMMA). Leary has alternated wins and losses in his
last nine bouts, and he prevailed in his last outing; Gallon would
like very much to keep that streak alive. Referee Kevin MacDonald
draws the charge in this one, and the 155ers gladly touch gloves
before getting after it. Leary reaches out with a few jabs to start
things off, but they are more to find his range than actually land.
Gallon replies with a couple sweeping leg kicks, and they too come
up short. Leary jumps forward with a slow one-two, and Gallon is
able to swat it away without much concern. Leary puts on the gas,
chasing Gallon around the cage with punches, sneaking a few around
the guard to force Gallon to clinch with him. The Frenchman scores
a few short knees on the inside as he pins his opponent up against
the wire, and he tries to hit a trip but cannot lift Leary off the
ground to do so. The Brit spins him around, and they continue move
back and forth before pushing off. Gallon pushes out a jab, and
Leary does the same, as they are measured and trying to find their
timing. Gallon goes over the top with a solid right hook, but he
pushes into the clinch after landing it instead of following it.
Watching this tight clinch position, the crowd grows restless, and
Gallon does not mind as he throws oddly angled kicks to the thigh
using his heel. Gallon continues to push with all his might to keep
the British fighter trapped, and he cleverly times a spinning back
elbow to break free. Leary partially absorbs it, and he gets into a
rhythm of sticking out jabs and punches. Gallon retreats and throws
a few body kicks, and they tie up after plodding towards one
another. “917” presses tightly on the wire this time, but only for
a short time before Gallon turns him around. Unexpectedly, Gallon
grabs the arm and tosses his foe down to the mat. They pop back up,
and the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gallon
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Gallon
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gallon

Round 2

The gloves get touched, and Gallon advances immediately and fires
off a short elbow before clinching up. Gallon swings a few more
heel kicks to the thigh as he grapples with Leary, and even stomps
the toes more than once as he frustrates the Brit. Gallon pushes
off this time with a high knee instead of a spinning strike, and
Leary blocks this and is glad to get back to boxing range. Leary
lands from a distance, shrugs off a low kick and walks forward with
jabs. Gallon clubs him with a right hook, and they both connect
with solid lefts. Gallon strides forward with a right hand, and as
Leary kicks him, the Frenchman sweeps the leg and puts Leary down
to the mat. Leary climbs to his knees and walks towards the fence,
only to succumb to a mat return. Once more, Leary stands, and
Gallon disengages with him without a strike attempt. When at range, Gallon lands a few punches, blocks a
strike coming back at him, and clobbers Leary with a huge right
hand that drops Leary head-first to the ground. On his knees, Leary
takes punches to the side of the head, and Gallon hammers him with
one final salvo to force MacDonald to step in. Leary springs up
immediately to protest the stoppage, showing that he was defending
the strikes well enough and that he could continue. The cries fall
on deaf ears, and Leary is quick to get over it and congratulate
his victorious opponent.

The Official Result

Davy Gallon def. Charlie Leary R2 3:01 via TKO (Punches)

Round 1

Concluding the preliminary portion of the evening is a classic
battle between Wales and Tajikistan as proud Welshman Johns (17-3,
0-1 BMMA) faces off against “Killer” Kakhorov (8-0, 1-0 BMMA) in
the bantamweight division. The third man in the Bellator cage will
be Kerry Hatley, and the fighters do touch gloves before handling
their business. The two are tense and measured coming at one
another, throwing inaccurate strikes in an effort to find their
target. Kakhorov goes for a spinning kick that misses the mark, and
Johns swarms him back with a few punches that also come up short as
well. When Kakhorov lifts up a knee to strike, Johns lifts him in
the air and slams him down to the mat. Kakhorov scoots his way back
to the fence, but Johns sucks his legs out beneath him before
“Killer” can power his way back up. The Welsh fighter keeps
Kakhorov trapped in this position, and as Kakhorov stands, Johns
locks his hands around the waist in search of a single-leg
takedown. A stalemate ensues in this position until Johns turns the
corner to ground him, and he cannot quite complete it this time.
Kakhorov pulls a hand out, and as he does, Johns scoops up his legs
and drops him to the canvas. Once more, the fighter out of
Tajikistan wriggles towards the fencing so that he can wall-walk,
but Johns is stuck to him like glue and holds on tight to a leg.
Kakhorov ignores a few ground strikes that bounce off his chest,
and Johns is content to grind him out until the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Johns
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Johns
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Johns

Round 2

The bantamweights are keen on touching gloves to start off the
second round, and Kakhorov takes the center of the cage with his
right hand corked back like Dan Henderson ready to unleash some
punishment. Johns fakes a level change, flicks out a jab about a
foot away and skims the knee with a leg kick. Both men come up
missing with jabs, and another low kick partially glances off the
leg from Johns. The Welshman changes levels to hit a takedown, and
Kakhorov grabs the cage to stop the takedown from succeeding.
Hatley is quick to admonish him about this, but that flagrant foul
that kept him upright could have been worthy of a point deduction.
Johns does not seem to care, as he grounds Kakhorov on his second
effort. Kakhorov still tugs on the wire with on his back, and
Hatley fusses at him until he lets go. Johns belts him in the face
with a short stream of right hands, and he lowers himself into half
guard as Kakhorov tries to sit up. One more time, Kakhorov grips
the fence, and he still manages to get away with it. Johns postures
up and starts dropping down short but emphatic elbows, and he keeps
Kakhorov pinned to the mat all the while. Johns looks to pass
guard, and Kakhorov snags the fence for the fourth time and has his
hand slapped away. Johns continues his slow, methodical approach of
working from on top, until Kakhorov sits up. Johns nearly takes his
back in the process, but elects to just keep “Killer” seated and
unable to deliver any killing blows. With 30 seconds left in the
round, the man once known as “The Pikey” claims mount and starts
unloading with ground-and-pound. Johns traps an arm underneath his
knee and slugs Kakhorov in the face repeatedly with elbows and
punches, and he nearly forces a stoppage but Kakhorov makes it to
the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Johns
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-8 Johns
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-8 Johns

Round 3

The gloves get touched to clock in the final round, and Johns leaps
forward with a left hand that Kakhorov does not see coming.
Kakhorov slips a punch and whiffs on a right hand counter, and
Johns slowly works his way towards him. Kakhorov is so concerned
about the looming takedown that he does not let his hands go, and
Johns justifies those concerns as he charges low for a double-leg
entry. The Welshman lifts Kakhorov up and plops him down to the
mat, utterly deflating the unbeaten fighter. Johns looks to pass
guard as he reintroduces his fists to Kakhorov’s face, and he
claims half guard and even gets in a cheeky shoulder strike when
Kakhorov lifts his head up. Johns will not give Kakhorov a second
to breathe, and as Kakhorov scoots his way to the fence, he turns
around. Johns instantly takes his back, and he sits on top smacking
Kakhorov with constant elbows and punches. Johns puts more into his strikes, shouting as he
lands each one, and he is in search of a finish as the strikes
continue to connect. Johns flattens his man out and drops down a
few left hands. The former UFC fighter looks to Hatley to
intervene, and Hatley answers the call and halts the match after
only a couple more punches. Victorious, Johns dismounts his
fallen foe, leaps on top of the cage and shouts at someone in the
crowd, pointing at them and appearing to challenge them – but it is
unclear who he may be calling out.

The Official Result

Brett Johns def. Khurshed Kakhorov R3 3:00 via TKO (Punches)

Round 1

Sherdog Scores

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Round 2

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Round 3

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The Official Result

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Round 2

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Round 3

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The Official Result

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Round 2

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Round 3

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The Official Result

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Round 2

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The Official Result

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Round 2

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Round 3

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Round 4

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Round 5

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The Official Result

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